At Hallmark Health’s Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital patients are offered this additional level of care through our hospitalists. This dedicated group is made up of physicians board-certified in internal medicine or family medicine that specialize in caring for patients in the hospital setting. Hospitalists do not have outpatient medical practices and are available to patients throughout the day and are most familiar with the needs of hospitalized patients.

Most hospitals and many primary care physicians throughout the country have adopted the hospitalist model. Hospitalists know every specialist and department in the hospital and work very closely with them to make sure patients’ care is well coordinated. As hospitalists focus on inpatient medical care, follow up of test results is very quick and adjustment of treatment regimens occurs based on those test results throughout the day. Communication with patients’ primary care physicians occurs via telephone and/or email at the time of admission, during patients’ hospital stay and at the time of discharge. Following discharge, patients return to the care of their primary care physician.

“The added level of care that our hospitalists offer are a tremendous benefit to our patients and their families,” said Arvind Bhat MD, medical director of Hallmark Health’s Hospitalist Program. “We work closely with the patients, their family members and the patients’ primary care physicians to ensure the patient is getting the very best care possible.”

Hallmark Health System employs approximately 20 hospitalists that work at both Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital.

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Hallmark Health System is the premier, charitable provider of vital health services to Boston's northern communities. The system includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford; Melrose Wakefield Hospital, Melrose; Hallmark Health Cancer Center, Stoneham; The CHEM Center for MRI, Stoneham; Hallmark Health Medical Center, Reading; Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice, Malden; Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing and Radiography Programs, Medford and Hallmark Health Medical Associates, Inc. Hallmark Health is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital for cardiology and Tufts Medical Center for neonatology.

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